Al-amin Abubakar —
The Nigerian Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola yesterday said the Federal Government remains committed to bridging the infrastructure gaps in the country, including those of institutions of learning.
Fashola stated this in view of the “importance of infrastructure to the learning environment and quality of education”.
Represented by the Federal Controller of Works in Sokoto State, Engr Kassim Maigwandu in Sokoto at the formal handover of 0.92 kilometres internal road project constructed in Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, under its tertiary institution’s internal roads intervention initiative, the Minister said the gap in infrastructure was being bridged steadily by gradual processes of repairs, renewal and construction on major highways, which had now reached the schools.
“It is undebatable that quality of education will be impacted by the quality of infrastructure and the learning environment”, the Minister said.
Fashola also revealed that at least, 83 Roads are undergoing construction in tertiary institutions across the country.
“We have successfully intervened in 64 internal road projects in various Federal tertiary institutions and handed over a total of 46 as at March 2022, he said.
“Another 18 are now ready to be handed over, while 19 roads are currently being attended to in similar institutions across the country, making a total of 83”, he added.
The road projects according to Fashola, benefited not only the students and the institution’s community but also provided jobs for youths, stating that 95 people were employed in the process of the construction of the road in the Teaching Hospital.